Theater Alumna Wins Pew Grant to Explore Women in Comedy

August 3, 2011

1812 Productions, led by artistic director Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Acting), has received a 2011 Theater Initiative grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The $138,000 grant will create the two-year "Women and Comedy Project," combining storytelling, music and clowning.

The project will include "generational labs" with groups of female performers organized by age to explore comedic stereotypes, from the diva to the batty old lady. The resulting script aims to upend stereotypes and create a sense of community through shared laughter.

Childs is also a senior lecturer in the University's Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. She co-founded 1812 Productions, a Philadelphia-based theater company dedicated to educating, entertaining and exploring a variety of issues through comedy. Now in its 15th season, 1812 produces four shows a year at the historic Plays and Players Theater.

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